Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Eutelsat launches IoT satellite service

William Payne
November 14, 2019

European satellite operator Eutelsat has launched a satellite-based IoT connectivity service. Eutelsat IoT FIRST is an integrated IoT connectivity service operating in Ku-band via Eutelsat’s geostationary satellites. 

Targeted companies include selected satellite service providers, telecom operators and IoT service providers. At a price point proposed on a par with cellular-based IoT connectivity services, Eutelsat IoT FIRST integrates satellite terminals, space and ground segments, packaged within an API-based service delivery framework.

With this product, Eutelsat is aiming to address the connectivity challenges of industries spanning retail, banking and security, energy, mining and agriculture, which seek a cost-effective and reliable IoT solution to connect their fixed assets, irrespective of their location. 

Eutelsat IoT FIRST is also designed to act as an IoT backhaul service, enabling telecom operators to connect IoT base stations and gateways to their core network. Focusing currently on treating fixed assets, as of next year Eutelsat will then expand its portfolio of IoT services to incorporate the connectivity of mobile assets.

The ground infrastructure designed to serve Eutelsat IoT FIRST consists of a network of IoT-specific hubs hosted at teleports across the globe. These hubs are monitored and controlled 24/7 by Eutelsat’s service delivery team from Turin, Italy.

Luis Jimenez-Tunon, Group Executive Vice President Data Business of Eutelsat “The reliability and boundless reach that satellite offers means that it will have an integral role in the IoT sector and in this regard, I am delighted to launch “Eutelsat IoT FIRST”, named in the honour of this service being a pioneer of its kind and Eutelsat’s inaugural solution in its ambitious IoT road-map.”